Artist: Nick Bamford
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Nick Bamford is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in the ceramics program here at CSULB. Nick Bamford was born and raised in Huntington Beach where he first discovered his passion for the arts. His high school ceramics class is what propelled him to make his passion into a career. Bamford enjoyed the creative process as a young boy and always knew that he would grow up to be a prevalent influence in the art community. His art explores the manipulation of perspective on physical objects we see in our everyday lives. Bamford enjoys dabbling in other medias of art as well. He mentioned that he enjoyed making things from nothing. He has an inventive side to him. He also enjoys painting and sculpting during his free time.
First off, this exhibit is like nothing we have seen in the weeks prior! The blacklight and led light combination added an element of suspense and mystique. It wasn’t until I got closer I saw all the trinkets that were stacked on top of one another. I saw a shopping cart, lamp, shoes, wires, poles, etc. His imagination shined through in each piece. Honestly, how did he get shopping cart to stay up in the air balanced with only strings and sticks! Bamford’s work consisted of bright colors, straight lines, and large objects magically balanced on top. This made for an interesting exhibit to observe.
Bamford’s work helped me explore the fantasy of making imagination real. His pieces seemed so out of this world but he somehow made it a tangible piece of work. His work brings me to look at things outside of the box. I believe that Bamford wanted to inspire his audience to look at our everyday lives at more than face value. To some, his work may just be a bunch of random things piled on top of one another and called “art” but Bamford is the person who spent the time thinking and putting together his vision. His exhibit showed me that there is nothing wrong with being different and doing things that have never been done before.
I thoroughly enjoyed Nick Bamford’s exhibit. His work explores the ideas of stepping outside of the box. I theme I live by. I enjoy watching fellow students doing things that they enjoy, even if it is outside of the “norm”. It’s refreshing and it inspires others who want to do the same but can’t build the confidence to do it alone. I congratulate the artist for getting an exhibit at CSULB and pursuing his dreams. This experience has inspired me to continue to live outside of the box and embrace those qualities about myself and others.